The AUSTRALIAN SHEEP & WOOL SHOW
(THE SHEEP SHOW) is the biggest show of its kind in the world.
For three days in July, Bendigo becomes the epicenter of woollen fashion, fine food and beautiful fibre.
Since 1877, the Sheep Show has been showcasing Australia’s top wool growers and prime lamb producers and now attracts thousands of fans of woolen fashion, food and fibre.
The Sheep Show’s ‘Women of Wool’ series encourages all women to take the day off to discover the wonders of wool and celebrate the women of the wool industry. You can view fine woollen designs at our Australian Wool Innovation fashion parades, see ‘wearable art’ and other amazing entries from top Woolcraft competitors. You can laugh your scarf off at our hilarious Laugh @ Lunch and buy beautiful hand-crafted woolen and other products from more than 250 stallholders.
At the Festival of Lamb site you can catch cooking & carving classes and sample Australia’s best lamb.
The Sheep Show features the ‘best of best’ sheep breeders, shearers and wool handlers in the country. You can watch shearing and wool handling competitors battle it out for top prize and speak to sheepdog trainers, watch sheepdog trials and meet farmyard animals in our animal nursery.
More than 5000 farmers, the best fleeces in the country and 28 different breeds of sheep, goats and alpacas make their way to Bendigo each year for the Sheep Show. Come and join us.
"The Australian Sheep & Wool Show is a major sheep exhibition in Australia, one of the best places for publicity, and Victoria’s major stud venue."
– Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman, the Merrimans have been attending THE SHEEP SHOW since the 1930s.
"It is the greatest wool show in the world – I’ve had some of the best days of my life at that show." – the late Geoff Baker, 82, champion Southdown breeder
"Without doubt the Australian Sheep & Wool Show at Bendigo is a highlight on the calendar for Tintern students. There is no other event that combines such an aggregation of sheep and sheep breeds from far and wide." – Gavin Wall, Farm Services Manager, Tintern Schools
"It is wonderful to be able to get all the resources you need in one spot, to see what people are doing – THE SHEEP SHOW is a huge buzz and absolutely the highlight of the year." – Jeanette Bastion, Woolcraft competitor